The news this morning is that the much-discussed laptop ban—which was reportedly going to affect flights to the U.S. from Europe, etc.—is not in the immediate plans of Homeland Security. As reported by TravelPulse, the department is instead set to implement new and more robust security procedures for all inbound international flights. Some 280 airports in 105 countries (more numbers here) will be making changes over a period of time not yet determined.
According to Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly, via the TravelPulse story, the new procedures “will include enhanced screening of electronic devices, more thorough passenger vetting and ‘new measures designed to mitigate the potential threat of insider attacks. We will also lay out a clear path to encourage airlines and airports to adopt more sophisticated screening approaches, including better use of explosive detection canines and advanced checkpoint screening technology,’ said Kelly.”
As measures are rolled out, passengers should expect longer lines and delays and should plan to arrive at airports earlier than they might have in the past. Here’s more on what to expect as a U.S.-bound flyer.
Notably, the announcement from Homeland Security also includes the news that if the ten Middle East airports currently affected by the current laptop ban comply with the new procedures, the ban on personal electronic devices in U.S.-bound airplane cabins will be lifted.
More on the developments from the source are available at this Aviation Security page, as well as:
- Homeland Security Announces New Airline Measures
- The U.S. Will Increase Airport Security Instead of Banning Laptops. Here’s What It Means for Travelers
- Europe’s airports expect big costs from new U.S. security measures
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